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Originally posted by SilentKoala
Just something to add:
The 10% of brain myth is the widely perpetuated urban legend that most or all humans only make use of 20%, 10% or some other small percentage of their brains. It has been misattributed to people including Albert Einstein. By association, it is suggested that a person may harness this unused potential and increase intelligence.
Though factors of intelligence can increase with training, the popular notion that large parts of the brain remain unused, and could subsequently be "activated", rests more in popular folklore than scientific theory. Though mysteries regarding brain function remain -- e.g. memory, consciousness and most paradoxical of all the fact that the tool we must use to comprehend the brain is the brain itself -- the physiology of brain mapping suggests that most if not all areas of the brain have a function.